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Skylar's Law helps find many missing West Virginia teens

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A new law passed in our state last year extended the criteria needed for a missing child to be put on the Amber Alert System.

In 2012, when 16-year-old Skylar Neese of Star City, West Virginia disappeared, an Amber Alert was not immediately issued.

Because of this, a state legislator introduced a bill called Skylar's Law to modify West Virginia's Amber Alert system to issue immediate public announcements when any child is reported missing and in danger, regardless of whether the child is believed to have been kidnapped.

Sergeant A. P. Christian told 59News the more eyes on the lookout the better.

"Just to get that information out there more rapidly, in this day of social media, it doesn't take long for the word to get around. With the more eyes on the problem, the better off we are the better chance we have of an outcome," Christian said.

West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin signed the legislation into law in May 2013.